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7/17/2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over the Ukraine-Russia border killing all 298 on board


7/17/1996: Out of JFK, a TWA Boeing 747 jetliner (Flight 800) bound for Paris explodes over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 230 souls aboard.


International investigators have accused three Russians and one Ukrainian of taking part in the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a passenger plane that was shot down nearly five years ago, killing all 298 people on board.



Three Russians, Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, were named, along with Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko.
The flight was on its way from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in July 2014, when it was shot out of the sky over territory held by pro-Russian separatists…..”

5/4/2002: An EAS Airline plane crashes into the town of Kano, Nigeria, killing 148 people.


“……The Executive Airline Services twin-engine plane took off from Kano at about 1:30 p.m. with 76 people on board headed for Lagos…..[T]he plane immediately showed signs of distress before plunging toward the ground. It then ripped through a working-class neighborhood……About three full blocks of structures were destroyed.

Many of the victims on the ground were burned to death……”


Last night: Plane slides off runway in Florida. All safe!

3/27/1977: Two 747 jumbo jets crash into each other on the runway at an airport in the Canary Islands, killing 582 passengers and crew members

Severe turbulence tossed terrified passengers and crew around a Turkish Airlines plane cabin as it passed over Maine on Saturday, with 30 people suffering bumps, bruises, cuts and a broken leg before the flight landed safely at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport




There are no survivors after a Boeing 737 MAX 8 with more than 150 people on board crashed after taking off from Addis Ababa on Sunday morning.



1/13/1982: an Air Florida Boeing 727 plunges into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., killing 78 people.


“…..Two people in particular emerged as heroes during the rescue: Arland Williams and Lenny Skutnik. Known as the “sixth passenger,” Williams survived the crash, and passed lifelines on to others rather than take one for himself. He ended up being the only plane passenger to die from drowning. When one of the survivors to whom Williams had passed a lifeline was unable to hold on to it, Skutnik, who was watching the unfolding tragedy, jumped into the water and swam to rescue her…..”

  • The bridge was later renamed the Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge.

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The Aviation Safety Network: The 2018 airliner accident statistics showing a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 556 fatalities.


  • Despite several high-profile accidents, the year 2018 was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation
  • Over the year 2018, the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 556 fatalities.
  • This makes 2018 the third safest year ever by the number of fatal accidents and the ninth safest in terms of fatalities.
  • The safest year in aviation history was 2017 with 10 accidents and 44 lives lost.
  • Five-year average of 14 accidents and 480 fatalities
  • The estimated worldwide air traffic is about 37,800,000 flights
  • The accident rate is one fatal accident per 2,540,000 flights.
  • The April 11 accident involving an Algerian Air Force IL-76 transport plane that killed 257 is not included.
  • When including military transport aircraft the total number fatalities would be 917 in 25 fatal accidents.



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